October 24, 2009

Breast awareness gone mad.

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The Wisconsin State Capitol, photographed last night. Why is it lit up pink? Why is anything pink pink these days? Pink was once a sweet, cheery color associated with little girls. And now it means cancer. That one special cancer that petulantly insists that we acknowledge its existence all the time. I will not be ignored, Breast Cancer stamps its feet again and again. Breast Cancer! Leave pink alone!

30 comments:

Irene said...

Think before you pink.

m00se said...

*sigh*

"World ends: women and children hardest hit"

Donna B. said...

I don't hate pink yet, but I'm no longer fond of ribbons of any color.

EDH said...

My cancer's more important than your cancer,

My cancer's more important than yours,

My cancer's more important

Because we've got the politicians cowed,

My cancer's more important than yours,

Will said...

Rush Limbaugh's classic ribbon bit explaining how he's better than you are, because he cares more than you do.

Fatmouse said...

I demand the dome be lit up in brown to raise awareness of prostate cancer!

Gregory said...

Yeah! It's TERRIBLE that a disease that was ignored and shunned for years would receive any recognition!!!

I'm sure that Obama is partly to blame.

John Burgess said...

Brown? I'm going for purple, myself...

WV: kentus... species name for Superboy

edutcher said...

Donna B. said...

I don't hate pink yet, but I'm no longer fond of ribbons of any color.

Couldn't agree more.

traditionalguy said...

The mass marketing boys are honing their skills at an omnipresent rally against a Common Enemy. Better the Enemy Breast Cancer than the Enemy CO2 Emissions/global warming hoax or the Enemy Fox News as the target for a Two Minutes of Hate.

Chip Ahoy said...

Do ya know that that pink dome looks like? Do ya? A cupola, that's what.

Andrea said...

"Yeah! It's TERRIBLE that a disease that was ignored and shunned for years would receive any recognition!!!"

Breast cancer was "ignored and shunned"? Since when? Sorry, the whole "breast cancer victims were treated like crap until our new Enlightened era of non-stop talking about it because men hated women" sounds like so much propagandistic crap. I'm pretty sure that breast cancer was always considered a serious problem just like every other cancer, and that no one "shunned" anyone, even back when no one knew what to do about people with cancer except to give them laudanum for the pain. People just didn't used to make as much fuss about themselves and their ailments as we do today. And since we are all now supposed to be attention whores, the idea of keeping one's problems to oneself is looked upon with horror.

MadisonMan said...

They should just make it Kay Thompson month.

Think pink, Think Pink! when you shop for summer clothes.

Think pink, Think Pink! if you want that quelque chose.

Red is dead, Blue is Through,
Green's Obscene and Brown's taboo

and there is not the slightest excuse for plum or puce, or chartreuse.

Bruce Hayden said...

Why the big thing about breast cancer? And even ovarian, etc. cancer?

My theory is that women are more self indulgent in this regards than men are. They are more likely to get the rest of us worried about their problems.

Just a theory, and, keep in mind, I am talking general trends and averages, and nothing to do with specific people.

lohwoman said...

Missouri did that bit several years ago. Your dome has a better erect nipple effect, however.

People called 911 to report that the Capitol was on fire.

Lyle said...

Breast cancer awareness has gotten out of hand. Charities can just become monsters of nonsense if people let them, and people have let breast cancer awareness get way out of hand. Frankly, it insults everybody else with other kind of cancer.

... and now they tell us getting checked for is not that effective, and therefore not that important to be aware of. Fantastic.

Ralph L said...

Lighted pasties are kinda cool.

Freeman Hunt said...

I just looked it up, and the melanoma ribbon is black. Supposedly, "The direct translation of the Latin word "melanoma" means "black tumor"."

Thus, black.

If every cancer has a ribbon, how many hues are used overall?

WOW! Look how many ribbons there are!

These ribbons are really specific. There's even one for appendix cancer which I did not know existed. I would be ticked off if some organ I didn't even use gave me cancer.

Freeman Hunt said...

Burgundy is for headaches, among other things.

Who is wearing a headache ribbon?

Freeman Hunt said...

Do the people with celiac's disease get annoyed that their light green ribbon is shared with STDs?

Freeman Hunt said...

Orange covers feral cats, motorcycle safety, Agent Orange, hunger, and, most fittingly given all of that, diversity.

Freeman Hunt said...

Do the feral cats wear the ribbons? How do you apply them? Obviously you must catch the feral cats first.

Freeman Hunt said...

I think someone with ADD actually wrote the list for the Purple ribbon.

Freeman Hunt said...

The autism one isn't fair. Puzzle patterned ribbon? Woe to the activist who runs out late at night to find that for a fundraiser the next day.

Freeman Hunt said...

I don't think I can be aware of this many things at once.

Perhaps through a highly disciplined regimen of meditation, one could develop the ability.

Ralph L said...

It didn't occur to me that "mela" meant black, since they always refer to melanin as pigment, not blackness.

When I had my melanoma in 1991, it was an existing flat, dark mole that suddenly turned pink & black. It also became a bump, which I noticed before anything else. If a doctor hadn't told me the warning signs several years before, or it had been on the back of my thigh instead of the front, I'd be long dead by now.

Freeman Hunt said...

My Dad's was in his hair on the back of his head. Check your hair, folks.

Chris said...

When the state house in Annapolis turned pink a couple weeks ago, I thought maybe some renegade midshipmen who were excited that DADT might be overturned had pulled a prank. But I guess it was really just a celebration of breast cancer. Pity.

kentuckyliz said...

There's a Komen Race for the Cure in Egypt and they pink-lit a pyramid for it! Got the photo on fb.

Annie, bloggers submit their boobie pix as a fundraiser for breast cancer research.

http://boobiethon.com/

So, are you participating?

Who here among the commentariat would pay to see hers if she did it?

WV propoutd
i predict this will be her response at being cornered and challenged like this
the propoutd

BJK said...

Thanks for the picture; I didn't know the Capitol nipple was still under renovation.